Iran to Unveil New Homegrown Fighter Jet
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iranian aviation official said the country will soon unveil a new model of its home-made Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) fighter jet.
Managing Director of the Iranian Aviation Industries Organization Manouchehr Manteqi told Tasnim on Saturday that the new aircraft is ready to be unveiled.
Iran’s military officials had already announced that the new generation of Saeqeh is a twin-seat fighter jet, which has more power, mobility, navigation equipment, fire power, pay load and operational range compared with its single-seat version.
Elsewhere in his comments, Manteqi said the country’s experts have managed to design a concept fighter jet, dubbed Borhan, or B-92.
“A concept prototype of the Borhan fighter jet has been produced,” the official explained, noting that the project will be developed if domestic and foreign investors are attracted.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
Azarakhsh (lightning) is Iran's first domestically-manufactured combat jet.
Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) fighter jet is a follow-up aircraft, derived from Azarakhsh. Iran unveiled its first squadron of Saeqeh fighter-bombers in an air show in 2010.